On Monday the Phillies opened the 2018 Florida Instructional League season against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a coming out of sorts for the Phillies top 2018 draft pick, Alec Bohm. He homered for the first time in a Phillies uniform.
Bohm hit a ball as hard as any ball could be hit off the thatched roof of the Tiki Bar in left at Spectrum Field for what will be called a “Bohm Blast”. The ball bounced off the Frenchy’s sign high atop the roof and came to rest on the protective netting above the bar. Watch HERE.
Bohm’s homer was one of several key hits by the Instructs. The Phillies held a 6-4 lead over the Blue Jays after eight innings. Bohm also hit a hard line drive single to left. Watch HERE.
The Phillies top draft pick struggled much of the season after his signing in June. Bohm hit only .224 in 107 at bats with Williamsport in the NY-Penn League. However, he did finished strong hitting .289 in his last ten games to finish up the season.
He spent nearly a month on the DL with the Crosscutters which slowed his first season. If yesterday is any indication Phillies fans have a third base prospect to look forward to seeing in the future.
Another key hit in the game was a bases loaded single in the eight inning by Phillies catcher Freddy Francisco just inside the third base bag scoring the two go ahead runs. Francisco is a 17-year-old international free agent signed out of the Dominican Republic back in May. He showed a quick bat as he pulled the hard hit ball down down the line. Watch HERE. He came on strong in the Dominican Summer League this season hitting .342 in his last ten games, there.
The Phillies used a series of pitchers including the starter, Mauricio Llovera who pitched an inning of work. A quickly emerging top pitching prospect, he finished up the season strong for the Clearwater Threshers and appears to be on the Phillies fast track to move up quickly in 2019.
Another pitcher who stood out was lefty Keylan Killgore. He pitch two strong innings and struck out the side in his second inning of work. Watch his final strike “three” HERE.
Killgore was a 2018, 17th round draft pick out of Wichita State, the same school of Alec Bohm. He went 10 for 10 in save situations for Williamsport and struck out 29 in 22.1 innings in 14 NY-Penn League games.
The future looks bright for the Phillies if yesterday’s Instructs game is any indication of the talent that will be moving up in the system in 2019.